Based on Ahmed Tobasiâ€™s personal coming of age story, And Here I Am is an epic voyage of identity and self-discovery.
Combining fact and fantasy, tragedy and comedy, spanning both the first Palestinian intifada and the second, we follow the protagonist through his transformation from armed resistance fighter to artist, his journey as a refugee in the West Bank to Norway and then back again.
In a series of tragicomic episodes vividly brought to life by award-winning writer Hassan Abdlrazzak, we journey through this personal and political tale of occupation and resistance, fear and heroism, a life of self-pursuit and loyalty. Transporting us to the heart of the hardships, struggles and contradictions of a young Palestinian man growing up under occupation and his pursuit for the true meaning of freedom.
And Here I Am is a brand new theatrical production created by the team behind the critically acclaimed 2016 tour of Queens of Syria.
Awaaz FM invited the Director – Zoe Lafferty – and performer Ahmed Tobasi to the studio for an interview.
The first interview was done over the phone with Zoe Lafferty and our Presenter Chrissie Pollard
The second interview was done at the Awaaz studio with both Zoe and Ahmed with our Presenter Ali Beg